After Death

Last week, Conciliar Post ran a Round Table discussion what happens to human beings after physical death. Below are my reflections for your consideration. Just a couple of weeks ago, someone posed this very question—what happens to people after death?—while I was teaching a Sunday school class on the Apocalypse of John (the book ofContinue reading “After Death”

Recommended Reading: November 21-27

Happy Thanksgiving Weekend! If you read one article this week, look at the Conciliar Post Round Table: After Death. For those of you with additional reading time (perhaps over some delectable leftovers), check out the following suggestions below. As always, if you think there is something else that I should be reading, feel free toContinue reading “Recommended Reading: November 21-27”

MHT: Assessing Historical Metanarratives (Part II)

This post is part of an ongoing series reflecting on the appropriate approach to and method for historical theology. The metanarrative that seems most appropriate as the general approach to the history of Christianity is that of development. An approach seeking authentic developments—those which retain the first principles of a tradition throughout their entire development—appearsContinue reading “MHT: Assessing Historical Metanarratives (Part II)”

MHT: Assessing Historical Metanarratives (Part I)

This post is part of an ongoing series reflecting on the appropriate approach to and method for historical theology. At long last, I turn to the second part of this series, which itself will contain two sections: first, a general discussion of which historical metanarratives seem best suited to the work of contemporary historical theology;Continue reading “MHT: Assessing Historical Metanarratives (Part I)”

MHT: Historiography and Christian History

This post is part of an ongoing series reflecting on the appropriate approach to and method for historical theology. At this juncture, I must reiterate that the application of categories such as pre-Modern, Modern, Postmodern, and developmental are neither strictly chronological nor are they entirely encompassing. There are contemporary examples of historiographical perspective representing eachContinue reading “MHT: Historiography and Christian History”

Recommended Reading: November 14-20

If you read one article this week, engage For the Sake of the Gospel, Let’s Tell the Truth by John Mark Reynolds. For those of you with additional reading time this weekend, check out the following suggestions, gleaned as always from around the internet. Think I should be reading something else? Let me know inContinue reading “Recommended Reading: November 14-20”

MHT: Developmental Perspectives on History

This post is part of an ongoing series reflecting on the appropriate approach to and method for historical theology. Postmodernism has not been the only reaction to the rise of Modern historiography: well documented is the rise of various “fundamental” forms of religion, which often retreat into pre-Modern conceptions of history and reality without takingContinue reading “MHT: Developmental Perspectives on History”

MHT: Theological Critiques of Modern History

This post is part of an ongoing series reflecting on the appropriate approach to and method for historical theology. A number of theologically active Postmodern critiques have arisen in recent decades as well, most notably Liberation, Feminist, and Postcolonial Theologies. Founded by Gustavo Gutierrez, Liberation Theology places an emphasis on salvation, God’s work in history,Continue reading “MHT: Theological Critiques of Modern History”

MHT: Postmodern Critiques of Modern History

This post is part of an ongoing series reflecting on the appropriate approach to and method for historical theology. Postmodernism, while notoriously difficult to define and existing in a variety of forms, essentially involves an attempt to move beyond Modernism and the questioning of metanarratives and truth claims due to the constructed nature of humanContinue reading “MHT: Postmodern Critiques of Modern History”